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Police: Holland man stopped for operating under suspension, violating conditions of release twice this month

in Holland/Newport/News

HOLLAND — A 37-year-old man from Holland will have to face a judge after police say he was cited for operating under suspension and violating conditions of release on two occasions, within days apart.

On September 5, while on duty for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Walters says he initiated a traffic stop on Church Street in Orleans.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Justin Mills.

Mills’ Vermont Operator’s License was found to be criminally suspended in the state of Vermont.

According to the police report, “in addition, two open containers of alcohol were located in the vehicle in violation of Mills’ conditions of release ordered on three different dockets by the Orleans County Court.”

Mills was cited and released from the incident.

On September 9, Deputy Walters says he initiated another traffic stop on a vehicle on Main Street in Derby.

The operator was again identified as Mills.

As a result, Mills was arrested for operating under suspension and violating conditions of release.

Mills is due in court to answer to the charges of operating under suspension X2 and violation of conditions of release X6.

Holland awarded grant to study future use of school building

in Holland/Newport/News

HOLLAND — The town of Holland was awarded $15,950 in state Municipal Planning Grant funds for a feasibility study for the future use of the Holland School building.

The grant and resources it allows the town to access will help to examine up to three scenarios for the future use of the building.

The town is seeking a sustainable option that will retain its function as an emergency shelter and a center for community life.

Alternatives to be considered may include, but are not limited to:

1. A cultural center with an educational component that would utilize existing classrooms.

2. A small business incubator that can utilize the commercial-grade kitchen and the highest internet speed available in the area.

3. Town offices and town garage on one site.

4. Housing with a community room.

Holland was one of 29 projects funded through the Department of Housing and Community Development for this project.

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Photo gallery: Dandelion Run raises over $1,000 for Umbrella

in Derby/Holland/Newport/News

DERBY — On Saturday, about 150 runners, walkers, and bikers gathered at the Eleventh Annual Dandelion Run.

The event raised a little over $1,000 for Umbrella and its advocacy and support of victims of this kind of violence.

It was cold and cloudy with hardly a dandelion in sight, but that didn’t stop everyone as they celebrated the slow-coming of Spring in the Kingdom.

Participants took to the back roads and were joined by scores of high-spirited volunteers and musicians along the course and back at the Derby Beach House.

James Cilwik, 15, of Derby, was the overall winner of the Dandy Half Marathon with a blistering time of 1:22:15.

His time was less than three minutes shy of the course record of 1:19:29 set by Christian Vachon of Magog, Quebec back in 2013.

Cindy Chaffee, 56, of Barton, Vermont, won the Last One Back to the Barn Award finishing the Half Marathon in 3:28:25. 

Last Fall Chaffee registered for her very first half marathon after she suffered a serious injury in an accident. 

The most “mature” participant was Annette Pion, 79, of Colchester, and the youngest runner was Pip Dreher, 6, of Newport.

The biggest team of the day was the Community Circle Team fielded by Community National Bank, which underwrites The Dandy, and also staffs most of the support tables out on the course.

The largest youth team was the Canaan Boys Running Club, coached by David Herr. The team won ski tickets to Burke Mountain.

Also winning Burke tickets were “The Brownies” for fielding the “most fluid team” and the runners from our newest sponsor Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits for fielding the “most high-spirited team.”

Caledonia Spirits Raw Honey was distributed to three teams, the Merry Macksters for being the largest out of state team, the Quebecsters for being the largest international team, and The Dartmouth Dandies for the love of the run.

Others were awarded prizes of Brault’s beef jerky, Couture’s maple syrup, Caledonia Spirits RAW Honey, as well as Burke Mountain ski passes.

Participants honored and remembered Terri Weed, who was killed by her boyfriend on May 21, 1981.

The Dandy is underwritten by Community National Bank and is supported by Jay Peak, Burke Mountain, Barr Hill at Caledonia Spirits, Untapped, Kingdom Trails, and the Derby Village Store.

Next year’s Dandy will be held on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020.

Kingdom Games hosts two more runs this year. The Harry Corrow Freedom Run on July 4, and Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon on September 29.

Online registration is open at www.kingdomgames.co

Authorities investigating explosion and fire in Holland

in Derby Line/Fire/Holland/Newport/News

HOLLAND — Authorities say that an explosion and fire that took place at a home in Holland on Wednesday is currently being investigated.

At around 2:45 p.m. the Derby Line Fire Department responded to a report of a home explosion and a fire located at 2896 Gore Road North.

Fire personnel found that the residence was completely engulfed and partially collapsed.

According to the report, the homeowners are identified as Mark Newell and Cynthia Merrill.

Police say nobody had been at the home for several days, and there were no reported injuries.

An investigation unit was contacted to try and determine the origin and cause of the incident.

Investigators say that because of the amount of fire damage and consumption of combustible materials, nothing can be determined at this time.

They are requesting anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Det. Sgt. Michael LaCourse at the Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881 or by contacting the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program (VATAP) hotline at 1-800-322-7766.

The VATAP will pay up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Holland Hawks share award-winning Jr Iron Chef recipe

in Holland/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Earlier this month, student culinary teams from across the state competed in the 12th Annual Jr Iron Chef VT competition in Essex Junction.

Teams of 3-5 students were coached by local educators, chefs, school nutrition staff, and parents to successfully prepare their dishes in under 90 minutes.

Local team the Holland Hawks from Holland Elementary were given an award for their dish “Notchyo Average Stuffed Wonton Nacho.”

The competition challenges teams of middle and high school students to create nutritious, local dishes to inspire school meal programs.

All teams are required to use at least one local ingredient. Dishes were judged by a panel of food system professionals and advocates.

Below is the award-winning recipe from the Holland Hawks:

Notchyo Average Stuffed Wonton Nacho

Filling:

1# black beans, rinsed and soaked overnight

2 cups Maple Brook Farms Ricotta

1 Tbsp ground cumin

1 # Taylor Farms Maple smoked gouda, shredded

1 Tbsp Neighborhood Greens Farm cilantro, chopped

1 tsp garlic, minced

1 Tbsp salt

1 tsp crack black pepper

50 wonton wraps

Guacamole:

8 avocadoes

1/2 cup tomato, small dice

1/4 cup onion, small dice

2 limes, juiced

1 Tbsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 Tbsp cumin

2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

Salsa:

5 tomatoes, med dice

1 onion, small dice

1 pepper, small dice

2 lime, juice and zest

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp cumin

1 Tbsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

1 tsp garlic, minced

Cheese Sauce:

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp flour

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

2 cups pepper jack cheese

1 tsp salt

Crispy Onions:

1 onion, halved and sliced thin

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 Tbsp 5 spice

salt and pepper to taste

Plate:

8 cups greens

1/4 cup EVO

salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Instructions:

Filling:

Cook the black beans on stove covered with ample salted water till tender. Drain and rinse with cool water. Drain again and spread on a pan Rough mashbeans then add rest of ingredients and mix well to cool. Rough mash the beans and then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Use water to dampen the edges of half of wonton skin, add 1 Tbsp to the center of the skin. Fold wonton so the dry half meets the damp half. Seal edges while pressing as much air out as possible. Fry in 3 inches of oil at 350 degrees for one minute per side. Drain on towel lined pan.

Guacamole:

Mix all ingredients a bowl and rough mash so avocado is still chunky.

Salsa:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Cheese sauce:

Make roux with butter and flour. Let cook 4-5 minutes on med heat stirring often. Whisk in broth and salt. Bring to boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until completely melted and serve immediately.

Crispy Onions:

Mix cornstarch and 5 spice. Soak onions in cold water for at least 10-15 minutes. Drain and dry as much as possible. Coat onions with starch mixture and fry for about 1 minute. Drain and season with salt and pepper.

Plate:

Toss in a bowl to coat the greens.

Snowmobile crash with injury in Holland

in Derby Line/Holland/Newport/News

HOLLAND — A 49-year-old man from Morgan was taken to the hospital after a snowmobile crash on Tuesday.

At around 9:00 p.m. the incident was reported on VAST trail 105, in Holland.

Members of the Derby Line Fire Department located the male and transported him down the trail to the ambulance.

The operator of the snowmobile was identified as Brian Judd.

According to the report, Judd was traveling east and was unable to maintain his lane of travel around a right-hand corner.

He traveled off the trail and into several trees.

Judd was transported to North Country Hospital.

Police say the crash is still being investigated, and that no information about his injuries is available at this time.

Driver in fatal West Charleston crash sentenced

in Charleston/Derby/Holland/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The driver during a fatal crash in West Charleston that took the lives of two Orleans County residents back in 2016, has been sentenced.

Earlier in the year Joshua Cole pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and gross negligent operation, and last week was sentenced to serve eight to 15 years behind bars.

Back in May of 2016, Cole was driving a 1994 Honda Prelude in the town of West Charleston when he lost control while exiting a sharp corner.

The vehicle traveled off the north side of the road, where it struck a large tree.

Three passengers in the Honda at the time were all ejected from the vehicle.

Esperanza Robles, 29, of Derby Line, and Ryan Coulter, 26, of Newport, were killed during the crash.

Amanda Letourneau, of East Charleston, suffered head and leg injuries.

Investigators said that speed and alcohol were both factors in the crash.

While facing manslaughter charges, Cole was arrested in Holland back in August of 2017, after police said he was driving an ATV and almost ran into a car on Gore Road.

After the new charges, a judge ordered that he be held without bail pending the trial in this manslaughter case.

Man injured, calves killed in Holland barn fire

in Holland/News/Stanstead

HOLLAND — A man was injured, and several calves killed after a barn fire broke out late Tuesday morning in Holland.

Firefighters were notified at around 11:40 a.m. of the incident at the Champney farm, located on School Road.

Cows were seen wandering the area after being herded out of the barn.

While trying to stop the fire, a worker at the farm suffered burn injuries and had to be transported to North Country Hospital.

Several others suffered smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene.

Crews from Derby Line, and Stanstead, Quebec, were able to contain the fire, and keep it from spreading throughout the barn.

Around six claves were killed in the incident.

The fire originated when fuel ignited while a piece of gas-powered equipment inside the barn was being worked on.

A section of the barn will have to be torn down due to the damage, but most of it is salvageable.

There is no update yet as to the condition of the injured man.

[VIDEO] Political Forum: Orleans-1 House District

in Brownington/Charleston/Derby/Holland/Morgan/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Last night a political forum was held in the Goodrich Memorial Library.

It featured three candidates running in the Orleans-1 House District, which represents Brownington, Charleston, Derby, Holland, and Morgan.

The candidates are Independent Frank Davis of Derby Line and Republican incumbents Lynn Batchelor of Derby Line and Brian Smith of Derby.

Each candidate received time to introduce themselves and make closing arguments.

The sounds of the underground lives in Holland

in Holland/News/Northeast Kingdom

HOLLAND — The underground music scene in the northern Northeast Kingdom is thriving and it lives in Holland.

Andy Bouchard, through his production company Borderline Entertainment, is queuing up music acts for the summer that will take place at The Barrage, an all ages, alternative performance space focused on bringing independent alternative musical styles to the NEK that are not usually heard live outside of the cities.

“I’m doing this because I believe more people of the Northeast Kingdom listen to independent style music than the radio station market would lead people to believe,” says Bouchard. “Plus, I was sick of driving to Burlington to have an evening of enjoying different and new independent alternative music, and I feel like there’s a solid amount of people up here who feel the same way.”

The Barrage will kick off its second summer on Thursday, May 24 with “Get the Punk Outside,” a show featuring The Inhalants, a punk group from Ontario, and The Neighbors Hate Us, a group of local loud rockers.

The venue will host four shows and a farm soiree throughout the summer with the possibility of a couple of shows cropping up along the way.

All the shows are opened to the public and are priced on a sliding scale between $5 and $15 with generosity for the traveling artists being greatly appreciated.

“Nobody is not invited,” says Bouchard while adding, “except jerks, they’re totally not invited.”

According to Bouchard, his only worry about having a music venue out in Holland is that more people will now know just how beautiful Holland is – a secret he said he’s willing to share.

“My hope for this whole venture is for good music and good times to be coming to our area,” he says.

The Barrage is located on Stearns Brook Road in Holland.

Just follow the signs saying “Rock and Roll.”

To find out more information about shows coming to The Barrage check out Borderline Entertainment on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/borderline.vt.us.

Caswell Avenue bridge in Derby Line closed

in Derby Line/Holland/News

DERBY LINE — The Caswell Avenue bridge over I-91 at the U.S. – Canadian border is closed.

Motorists using Caswell Avenue to cross I-91 are being directed down the on-ramps to a temporary traffic signal, before crossing the interstate and continuing on toward Holland or Derby Line.

The Caswell Avenue bridge project will replace the bearings, structural steel, deck, pavement, and railing on the existing bridge.

Construction is scheduled to last until October.

The bridge will remain closed during this time.

Police in Orleans County looking for mailbox vandals

in Brighton/Charleston/Holland/Morgan

HOLLAND — Local police are seeking the public’s assistance after a number of mailboxes were vandalized in five towns over the weekend.

On Friday, police were alerted to several mailboxes that were vandalized and a few that were missing from the Holland, Morgan, and Charleston towns sometime during the night.

Then on Saturday, police responded to several more reports that mailboxes were vandalized in the Newark, Brighton, and Charleston areas.

The victims say they thought they heard something at around midnight.

The Vermont State Police is asking for the public to assist in solving these crimes.

Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law makes it a crime to vandalize them. Violators can be fined up to $250,000, or imprisoned for up to three years, for each act of vandalism.

If anyone has any information about the individuals or vehicles involved, or perhaps someone was able to capture something on their surveillance or game cameras, contact the Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

Expect delays as I-91 bridge into Derby Line set to close

in Derby/Derby Line/Holland/Newport/News

DERBY LINE — Work on the Caswell Avenue bridge connecting Derby Line and Holland over Interstate 91 is set to start April 2, and the state is warning motorists to expect delays.

Construction is scheduled to last until October. The bridge will remain closed during this time.

Traffic using Caswell Avenue to cross the Interstate will be directed down the I-91 on-ramps to a temporary traffic signal.

The signal will periodically stop north and southbound traffic on I-91 to allow cross traffic from Caswell Avenue to proceed.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation says during construction, left turns from I-91 entering the on-ramp toward Derby Line will not be allowed. Northbound I-91 traffic traveling to Derby Line will need to use exit 28 and follow detour signs along US Route 5.

Likewise, southbound traffic along I-91 traveling from Canada to Holland will also be detoured to exit 28 and I-91 north.

Uniformed traffic officers will be on hand to help motorists negotiate the detours during the first few days of construction.

The Caswell Avenue bridge project will replace the bearings, structural steel, deck, pavement, and railing on the existing bridge.

One of the supporting piers will be removed and the cap beams on the remaining three piers will be rebuilt. The existing abutments will be retained.

The current bridge was constructed in 1962.

The new bridge will be a paved concrete deck supported by un-painted steel girders. There will be two travel lanes and two wide shoulders for pedestrian and bicycle use.

The project is expected to cost over $5 million to complete.

Public meeting to be held on conserved lands in Norton and Holland

in Holland/Northeast Kingdom/Norton

HOLLAND — The Vermont departments of Fish & Wildlife, and Forests, Parks, & Recreation are holding a public meeting to discuss future management and use of a group of conserved lands in the Northeast Kingdom.

The meeting will discuss the Bill Sladyk Wildlife Management Area, Black Turn Brook State Forest, and Averill Mountain Wildlife Management Area, primarily in the towns of Norton and Holland.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Town of Brighton Elementary School.

“These lands occupy a special place in Vermont, with vast areas of both softwood and hardwood forest, numerous ponds and streams, and many opportunities for remote experiences,” said Doug Morin, a biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

This is part of the routine management planning process for state lands owned by the Agency of Natural Resources.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for members of the public to provide input on how the lands may best be used for sustainable forestry, fish and wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation.

“Large areas of interconnected conserved lands with healthy forests and waters such as these are essential in Vermont,” Morin said. “They form the foundation of the state’s working landscape, providing areas for outdoor recreation, tourism, and sustainable forestry practices.”

The public may also submit comments directly until April 20, 2018.

For more information about the meeting or the planning process, or to submit a comment, contact Doug Morin at doug.morin@vermont.gov.

Police looking for driver after high-speed chase in Derby Line / Holland

in Derby Line/Holland/Newport/News

HOLLAND — Police are looking for the driver of a pickup truck involved in a high-speed chase near the Derby Line and Holland border on Saturday.

Troopers were on patrol on the Valley Road in Holland at around 6:00 p.m. when a pickup truck was observed traveling east on Valley Road from the Derby Line/Holland town line, near Twin Bridges Road.

Police say the truck was clocked at 93 MPH in the posted 50 MPH zone and was observed crossing the center line.

As the trooper turned around and activated his emergency lights and siren, the truck failed to stop and continued east on Valley Road at a high rate of speed, continuing to operate recklessly while passing other vehicles.

The trooper was eventually forced to reduce speed and discontinue for safety reasons and lost sight of the truck on Valley Road.

Police say a follow-up investigation is being conducted, and the vehicle is described as a new model GMC pickup truck, likely a 2016 Sierra 1500, dark in color.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the driver or the pickup truck, including those who may have witnessed the incident, are encouraged to contact VSP-Derby at (802) 334-8881.

Local students recognized for land stewardship

NEWPORT — Each year, the Vermont Land Trust gives out the Land Stewards Award to qualified juniors and seniors who attend vocational and technical high schools across the state.

The students are nominated by their teachers because of their commitment to agriculture and/or forestry.

This year, local students Carter Aldrich and Parker Castle received the award and a $250 cash prize from Vermont Land Trust representatives.

Aldrich, from Brownington, and a student at Lake Region Union High School, led his class maple sugaring field trip and planned activities for a crew of eight students who boiled sap in a small arch evaporator the class made.

He is involved with his family’s business, Northeast Agricultural Sales, Inc. He has also been the president of the Lake Region FFA chapter for two years.

Aldrich has excelled in his agriculture classes, including shop, art of welding, diversified agriculture, and sustainable living.

Thinking toward the future, he would like to attend Paul Smith’s College to become a game warden or continue his family’s agricultural sales business.

Parker Castle, from Holland, is a student at North Country Career Center. He is involved with his family’s sugaring operation, and took a lead role this year in all aspects of production, from tapping to boiling.

He is a Nordic skier and maintains and grooms trails on his family’s land. He wants to obtain his pilot’s license and hopes to use this skill in a forestry career. He will be attending Paul Smith’s College this fall to study forestry.

Castle is also a part of the local FFA club, participating in fundraisers, community suppers, and the State FFA Convention.

He recently joined his Natural Resources teacher, Mr. Sam Nijensohn, and fellow students for a Vermont Forest Products Association regional meeting.

“Parker is a great role model,” wrote Mr. Nijensohn. “He spends a lot of extra time at school whenever the need or opportunity arises to help make his class successful. For example, he has come in on his own time to plow snow and to boil sap.”

Car hits cow in Holland

in Derby Line/Holland

HOLLAND — A car hit a cow that wandered into the road in Holland on Wednesday.

According to police, at around 9:00 p.m. they responded to a single-vehicle crash on the Valley Road.

The driver, identified as Amanda Blake, of Derby Line, was traveling west when she struck a cow in the travel portion of the roadway.

According to a statement issued by VSP Trooper Abigail Drew, Blake and her three young children were brought to North Country Hospital by a family member as a precaution.

The vehicle, a 2014 Dodge Journey, was totaled in the crash.

Newport Dispatch put in several calls to Trooper Drew requesting more information on this incident, but calls were never returned.

9th Annual Dandelion Run to be held May 20

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/Holland/Morgan/Newport/News/Outdoors

DERBY — The Dandelion Run is back on May 20, 2017. The run offers varying distances from one mile to a half marathon on dirt roads through the “world famous” dandelion fields of Morgan, Holland, and Derby.

It’s held in honor and memory of Terri Weed, a 15-year-old girl who tragically lost her life due to domestic violence on May 21, 1981.

For each adult registration, 20 percent will be donated to support Umbrella and its advocacy and support of victims of violence.

“The Dandy” is held in conjunction with the Dandelion Fiddlefest celebrating “High Spring” in the Northeast Kingdom, a time when the dandelions are at their peak.

As in previous years, Reckless Breakfast, a contemporary bluegrass band will be playing at the corner of Dumas and Hayward Hollow Roads.

Champion master fiddler, Scott Campbell will be playing at Route 111 and the North Gore Road. Patti Casey of Montpelier will be back at the corner of Route 111 and Dumas Road. Courtney Drew, an 18-year-old fiddler from Quebec, will be playing at the one mile turnaround.

Rick Geisel, Don Houghton, and Terri Churchill will be playing at other locations along the course.

The running and walking options include a 13.1 mile, 10 km, 4 mile, 2 mile and 1 mile. The ages of runners and walkers typically range from 4 years old to 80 years old. Each year many local schools field teams of young runners.

Last year, Community National Bank helped organize the first 4 mile walk, which was very popular and which we expect will grow.

The bank’s Community Circle members put on their walking shoes and enjoyed the event festivities with the other “Dandy” participants from many other states.

The Dandy is widely recognized as one of the top running races in Vermont. It has been featured several times in Vermont Sports Magazine and was named one of the best events in Vermont by Yankee Magazine in 2011.

Already runners have been signing up from California, Oklahoma, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, all over Vermont, The Eastern Townships of Quebec, Quebec City, Montreal, and Ontario.

Online registration is open at www.dandelionrun.org.

Two-car crash on I-91 in Newport

in Holland/Irasburg/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A two-car crash took place on I-91 in Newport this morning.

At around 8:00 a.m. police were dispatched to the scene, located near mile marker 170 on I-91 North.

Both lanes of travel were temporarily blocked, and visibility was limited at the time due to gusting wind.

According to police, Melanie Butler, 41, of Holland, had been traveling north with traffic, when another vehicle, driven by Branden Schauer, 24, of Irasburg, struck her vehicle from the rear.

Schauer then collided with the west guardrail.

State Police, Border Patrol, and Derby Line EMS assisted, and a lane of travel was opened.

Both vehicles were moved to the shoulder.

Police say Butler and Schauer declined EMS services.

Police: Holland man facing assault charges

in Derby/Holland/News

DERBY — A 35-year-old man from Holland is facing charges after police say he assaulted a man in Derby.

According to the report, on January 9, at 12:30 p.m. police responded to a report of an assault that had taken place at a local business in Derby.

Arlo Rhein, 19, of Derby, told police that Sean Dickerson, 35, of Holland, entered the business and began punching and strangling him.

An employee was able to separate Dickerson from Rhein.

Dickerson then left the business.

Police say attempts were made to locate Dickerson that day.

He was later located and issued a citation to appear in Orleans County Court to answer to this assault.

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30 calves killed in barn fire in Holland

in Holland

HOLLAND — A calf barn caught fire in Holland on Friday and left 30 calves dead, and about as many injured.

The incident took place at around 9:00 p.m. at Kieth Gray’s farm located on Valley Road, inside a barn that housed about 160 calves.

Firefighters from Derby Line were quick to attack the blaze, with mutual aid coming down from Stanstead, Quebec.

The fire was under control in about an hour, leaving the north end of the structure badly damaged.

Firefighters did manage to save about two-thirds of the barn.

About thirty calves perished in the fire.

“We lost roughly thirty animals and are treating about the same amount with antibiotics, due to smoke inhalation,” Trevor Gray said. “It’s hard to say how many animals we’ll be able to save, but hopefully all of them.”

Gray said the farm has received overwhelming support from the community following the incident, with many people stopping in and asking how they can help.

He also credits the swift response from firefighters with saving most of the barn.

Click below to hear a short interview with Trevor Gray:

Border Patrol locates missing hunter in remote area of Norton

in Holland/News/Norton

NORTON — The search for a missing hunter in Holland came to a happy ending on Sunday afternoon.

At 1:00 p.m. Border Patrol located 72-year-old John “Jack” Chapman walking in a very remote area of Norton.

Chapman was brought to North Country Hospital in Newport to be treated.

On Wednesday night police were notified that Chapman, a resident of Brattleboro, was missing after he set out hunting off South Shore Road in Holland.

A multi-agency rescue team immediately began attempts to locate him, with the search starting in the area of Holland Pond on Thursday morning.

The rescue happened just in the nick of time, as Northern Vermont is under a winter storm warning, expecting four to eight inches of snow.

The Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team, Border Patrol, New England K9, Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team, Vermont KSAR, Rescue Inc, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife all took part in the rescue effort.

There is no word as to Chapman’s condition, but he is believed to be in good health.

Search underway for missing hunter in Holland

in Holland/News

HOLLAND — A search for a missing hunter in Holland is underway and expected to continue through the weekend, police say.

On Wednesday, at around 10:00 p.m. police were notified of an overdue hunter on South Shore Road.

Police say they immediately began attempts to locate John “Jack” Chapman, 72, from Brattleboro.

Rescue teams began searching the area of Holland Pond on Thursday morning.

Police say the search is ongoing at this time.

Efforts to locate Chapman are expected to continue over the weekend.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Derby State Police barracks at 802-334-8881.

Standoff in Holland ends in self-inflicted gunshot wound

in Holland/News

HOLLAND — A 63-year-old Holland man was injured in an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound today.

Police say they responded to 928 Valley Road for a welfare check on Dennis Belanger, 63, of Holland, after he had not contacted anyone in several days.

When they arrived, police say they made contact with Belanger who was threatening to harm himself with a weapon.

A perimeter was established around the residence.

Police were assisted by Northeast Kingdom Human Services, who attempted to talk with Belanger.

During the situation, Belanger called 911 to report that he had shot himself.

Troopers gained entry into the house where they located the injured man.

He was transported to North Country Hospital with what police describe as a non-life threatening injury.

Holland goat farmer to serve 15 days in jail for animal cruelty

in Holland

HOLLAND — A 42-year-old Holland woman will have to serve 15 days in jail for animal cruelty charges, after police found starving and dead goats on her farm last May.

Stacey Lopes, 42, who now lives in Massachusetts, was sentenced after pleading guilty to three charges of cruelty to animals by depriving them of food and water, as well as one felony charge of causing them undue pain.

In May of 2015, authorities met with workers at the farm, located on the Prairie Road in Holland, after they were tipped off about dead and starving goats on the property.

The investigation determined that there were numerous dead goats on the property, along with other animals that were malnourished and living in unsanitary conditions.

A state dairy product specialist who visited the farm told investigators that the animals had no food or water, and over a dozen dead and piled at the end of the barn.

Lopes was sentenced to serve 15 days of a 18-36 month jail term for the crime.

She is also not allowed to own or care for animals as part of the plea agreement.

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